Covert Affairs Review: Unlucky in Lavender

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How do you come back after a thrilling episode such as "Glass Spider?" Covert Affairs knew exactly what to do.  

In "Suffragette City," the USA Network hit put the ball in Chris Gorham's court and simply let him do his thing. The results were fantastic.

We've seen Auggie get emotional before, but this might have been a whole new level. From the first moment he heard that his country thought that she was a traitor, he was as upset as we've ever seen. Auggie probably wouldn't have been more bothered if it were him in trouble with the department.

One of Their Own

And that's why we love Auggie - and the Auggie and Annie relationship. He wanted to do anything he could to help her, and that included listening to and then breaking into Lena's polygraph session. When she claimed she thought Annie might have had something to do with Jai's death, it was the last straw for Auggie, but I still can't believe he jeopardized himself like that.

But that is how much he cares for his friend. He lost control a little bit, but thankfully he was still thinking rationally enough to figure out Lena was behind everything. If she didn't have to pile on the perfume, or if she didn't lay on the "I'm here to help" bit so thick, maybe Auggie wouldn't have picked up on it.

Unfortunately for Lena, he did, and she's done for! Sure, she is covering most of her tracks now, and it probably take Auggie a while to figure out enough to be able to prove his theory, but it is only a matter of time before it all comes crumbling down for Lena.

We may have expected a Nina Myers-esque story from the very beginning, and Lena double-crossing Annie by shooting her and Simon at the end of last episode reminded us of Sarah Clarke's time on 24, but "Suffragette City" was the first time that it all felt eerily similar.

For all of the jokes I have made in the past, Clarke's character never really felt like Nina Myers until this entire hour. Quietly attempting to keep her cover, lurking in the shadows, being an absolute a-hole to the characters we love, it all felt a whole lot like that first season of 24 to those of us who watched it way back when. Like the outcome from that story line, I don't see Lena finishing this arc anything but in prison or dead.

Finally, we have to talk about the comatose elephant in the room. After taking shots to the chest at the end of last week's episode, Annie spent the majority of this hour asleep in a hospital bed trying to survive. Fortunately for us, we still got to see Piper Perabo's beautiful face thanks to some out of body experiences.

I'm usually not the biggest fan of episodes like this, but it worked for Covert Affairs because it remained marginalized. The show didn't make the entire hour about Annie's dreams. "Suffragette City" was anchored by Lena's betrayal and Auggie's emotion. Annie's adventures only added to the episode, which not only made those moments acceptable, they were also pretty enjoyable.

Whether it was Simon telling her to kill Blackbird at the diner Jai died outside of, Danielle and Joan questioning her reasons for joining the CIA on a polygraph machine, or Auggie and Annie sharing a hot and steamy kiss on the dance floor, I was hanging onto every moment even though they weren't really happening.

The kiss had some real weight behind it because just before that Auggie was telling a bed-ridden Annie that he was sorry for being closed off and distant since Barcelona. It was an extremely tender moment, and I hope to see more of that once Annie is up and about.

By the end of the hour Annie finally did wake up. She may have inadvertently been helped by Lena's attempt to murder her in the hospital, but that's beside the point. Annie's up and Lena's on the run after she got away from Joan and Auggie in the final minutes of "Suffragette City." Will they all go after her? Or will they just be happy to be safe and sound?

It should make for an interesting rest of the season. What do you all think? What was your favorite moment of this week's episode? How great was Auggie Anderson? And will they ever get redemption for what Lena did to them?


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Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


The show was one of the best in a while. Although the "set up" of Annie and Simon's murder was pretty much a wash, at least Joan and Auggie stuck with Annie. Arthur was ready to throw her to the wolfes. The cast of Joan, Auggie, and Annie is a great blend. I didn't like Annie using sex to get to Simon, it made her look like a slut. I know James Bond could go to bed with anyone, but he was a male slut. The in comma moment reminded me of Booth (Bones) when he was in a comma, guess that's been done pleanty of times.


1. The only explanation I have for why Sarah Clarke was cast as Lena was that they didn't trust the writers to foreshadow Lena's betrayal successfully. (And there was plenty of foreshadowing. If you didn't immediately think Lena was a bad guy, you weren't paying attention.) Since everything about Lena screamed "Nina!", the writers didn't have to work as hard to make her seem like that kind of person. 2. Annie telling Simon "Yes" was not plausible. Her letting him off the hook was plausible; her agreeing to run away with him was not. She might have done that for the guy who set her on course for the CIA in the first place, but she's not that naive twenty-something any more. 3. It's too bad they killed Simon. He was right that they couldn't be together except on his terms, but I'm sure the show would have found a way to let them see each other again once or twice. 4. I agree with those who want to keep the Auggie-Annie thing simmering on the edge of the friend zone. Don't mess up a good thing.


Great except for contrived investigation, too much coma-dream and ship-teasing. Intro callback was lame. Lena couldn't pick a better time/way to kill off Annie for good? The kiss was lacking in chemistry.


I agree with CA Fan, there was a lot missing from the investigation. The subsonic round from a 9mm would not be through and through so the bullets would be available for analysis. It would be pretty obvious Simon couldn't have shot him self like that - no evidence of contact. That part of it just didn't make sense. Lack of GSR on Simon's hand and clothing. Etc. That said, once one gets past all the mistakes they make with guns and ballistics, it was an entertaining episode. From the promo, I think I'm going to like the next one better. Is it just me, or has Piper's acting improved about 500 percent? It seems much better this season.


After watching last nights episode I realized that Simon made the show interesting watching for me. They had such great chemistry and made Annie interesting for once. Auggie should stay in the friend zone. I thought when they kissed it was forced and lacked any heat. Annie was ready to run off with Simon last week and this week pretty much nothing. Covert Affairs is back to if its on I might watch it.


Incredible episode! Hats off to Chris Gorham for q job well done directing and his acting was incredible in this episode. Auggie is my favorite character but I found him to be even more riveting than ever. I loved the faith he had in his friend and the lengths he was willing to go for her. You cannot buy that sort of breathtaking devotion. That is what makes their relationship so amazing. I even enjoyed the bit in her dream sequence about it not being their dance or their time. A lovely nod to the Auggie and Annie shippers out there without tiling up those fans who simply enjoy their deep friendship as id. I found myself sort of missing Simon as well. I also enjoyed Joan in this. I'm always fond of her maternal ways regarding Auggie and Annie both. While so many aspects of Lenas actions seemed implausible, it didn't interfere with my enjoying the ride. I loved the nod to the pilot's perfume moment with Auggie identifying her scent. Fantastic.


Is everyone in Covert Affairs who is in the CIA or law enforcement just really, really stupid? Nina's... sorry, Lena's... staged shooting scene shouldn't have lasted long at all before being discovered as fake. Ballistic tests would have been run on the bullets removed from Annie and Simon, along with the gun itself, and would have shown that they were both shot with the same gun. Annie and Simon would have been tested for gunshot residue. Even if Simon still had some on his hand due to the mall shooting, Annie would not have had *any* as she hadn't fired a gun. Yet there's no mention of these really basic things...


Yesterday's episode was terrific. Chris did a tremendous job as Auggie determined to prove his best friend's innocent and find the person responsible for framing her and he was close being dead. Too close! I loved how Joan and Auggie together to get answers about Lena and stop her from fleeing from leaving the hospital if they didn't make it Annie would be dead! My favorite was the Auggie and Annie scene where Auggie finally tells her how he feels about Annie on her beside comatose and Annie's dream state about Auggie it is obvious on Annie's unconscious mind she trust Auggie completely and that she loves him very much she wanted to dance with him more, but knowing Auggie he says it is not the right time for them they will know it when it feels right.


Oops, I used too many words first time! I also think Lena may be Simon's sister. Speaking of sisters, I was dismayed that Danielle's photo seemed to make Annie decide not to leave with Simon. She kicked Annie out of the house last season, and the lie detector dream was typical whiny Danielle, as was inadvertently saving Annie's life with a cookie (the least she could do). After we let her know her home is a crime scene, can we send her to China with Arthur?


I am still in love with Simon and really, really wanted Annie to run away with him to his island. Yes, it would have ended the show, but what a nice fantasy. I also wanted to see more of him in the dream sequences. I do like Eyal a lot (Oded Fehr and Richard Coyle studied at the Old Vick Theatre school together!). Auggie is a great guy and his and Joan's working on Annie's behalf was the best part of last night's episode, but no office romance, please. See how well it works for Joan and Arthur? Did anyone notice that Joan was wearing pants and shirts with sleeves instead of her usual sheath dress?! Yay, yippee. Can she send Arthur away to China so we can all be rid of him? Lena hired the man who killed Jai, and she was the subject of his investigation. Putting the gun in Annie's hand didn't make sense - forensics would show they had both been shot with the same gun, unless she was trying to make it look like an FSB red herring. And why try to kill Annie in the hospital unless she had totally snapped? I, too, hope next week's episode reveals her as Simon's sister. Speaking of sisters, I was very disappointed that it was whiny Danielle's photo that seemed to change Annie's mind about leaving with Simon last week. She kicked Annie of her house last season, and the lie detector dream was so very typically whiny of her. Inadvertently saving Annie's life with a cookie delivery was the least she could do! Can we send her to China with Arthur?!

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Covert Affairs Season 3 Episode 9 Quotes

Annie Walker's no traitor. I don't care what evidence you have. It's wrong. I'm gonna do whatever I have to do to prove it.


I need you Annie. I never need anyone, but I need you.